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Maitreya: the Coming of the Future Buddha

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All Buddhists of the planet are aware of the beginning of a new age which will be associated with the arrival of the Holy Buddha Maitreya. In this article, I will share with you who Maitreya is, when he comes, and what awaits humanity with his arrival.

The great Maitreya will appear in this world and achieve the great enlightenment.

– Lama Chobgye Rinpoche

Who is Maitreya?

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Maitreya is the Buddha of the future, the fifth teaching Buddha in this eon of 1,000 Buddhas. According to Buddhist tradition, He is a bodhisattva who will appear on Earth in the future, achieve complete enlightenment, and teach the pure dharma. He will be a successor to the present Buddha, Gautama Buddha.

The name ‘Maitreya’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘maitrī’ which can be translated as ‘friendship’, which is in turn derived from the noun ‘mitra’ which can be translated as ‘friend’.

However, you may see different interpretations of Maitreya’s name:

  • Invincible;
  • Spreading love;
  • Giver of mercy;
  • Compassionate Lord;
  • Future Teacher.

But no matter how we interpret His name, the meaning will stay the same – He is the coming Teacher that will appear in the future, reach Enlightenment, and bring salvation to mankind. He will bring people new teachings, give pure Dharma, and help everyone to get out of the cycle of samsara with its constant rebirth and suffering.

Maitreya is the only Buddha who is recognized by all the Buddhist schools, including Theravada. He is especially revered by Korean, Chinese, and Burmese Buddhists.

In each country and tradition Maitreya can have a special name:

Sanskrit: Maitreya.

Japanese:Miroku Bosatsu.

Pali:Metteyya.

Chinese: Mílè Púsa.

Tibetan:Jampé Gönpo.

Karen: Mehtuhyah Boodah.

Korean:Mireuk Bosal.

Okinawan: Miruku Unkee.

Thai: Phra Si Ariya Mettrai.

Vietnamese: Di Lặc Bồ Tát.

Sinhala: Maithri Budun.

Mongolian: Mayidari, Asaraltu.

However, despite on all the differences in the name, all Buddhists know who Maitreya is. All Buddhists know that this is the Buddha of the future who will come at the end of the present age – the Kalpa era.

Tushita Heaven

It is believed that now Maitreya is in Tushita Heaven – the place where all Bodhisattvas destined to reach full enlightenment in their next life dwell.

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Buddha’s Descent from Tushita Heaven

Tushita Heaven (translated as “Gardens of Joy”) is one of the six heavenly realms, the fourth from below, located between the “Yāmā deva” realm and the “Nirmanarati deva” realm. This heavenly realm is reachable through sādhanā, or advanced meditative attainments.

Tushita Heaven is the place for those who observed the main Buddhist commandments, engaged in meditative practices and cultivated good thoughts and noble deeds in their past life. It is in Tushita Heaven where these souls find a new incarnation of Bodhisattvas. Some Mahayana Scriptures claim that it was here that the Buddha Shakyamuni appeared before He was incarnated in our world and became a great Teacher.

The Infinite Life Sutra, a Mahayana text, states:

“Each of these bodhisattvas, following the virtues of the Mahasattva Samantabhadra, is endowed with the immeasurable practices and vows of the Bodhisattva Path and firmly dwells in all the meritorious deeds. He freely travels in all the ten quarters and employs skillful means of emancipation. He enters the treasury of the Dharma of the Buddhas and reaches the Other Shore. Throughout the innumerable worlds, he attains Enlightenment. First, dwelling in the Tusita Heaven, he proclaims the true Dharma. Having left the heavenly palace, he descends into his mother’s womb.”

Buddhist Sacred Texts About Maitreya

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The main sacred text about the Buddha of the Future is the Sanskrit Sutra called “Maitreyavyakarana”, which means “the prophecy of Maitreya”. According to the Scriptures, deities, people and all beings in the world will follow Maitreya and his teachings and thus get rid of attachments and doubts.

The coming Buddha will prove that nothing (property, wealth, jewelry, home, and even family) belongs to us. And this realization will save all living beings from their attachments and give them a joyful and happy life.

The Digha Nikaya calls Maitreya a follower of Shakyamuni. Lalitavistara says the same. It says that before the incarnation in the world of people Gautama Buddha, while still in Heaven Tushita, pointed to Maitreya and planted on him a wreath of a bodhisattva.

Mahaparinibbana Sutta mentions the Buddha of the Future, calling him ‘Maitreya’ and ‘Ajita’ (which means ‘invincible’).

Theosophy

In theosophy, the theosophical Maitreya has multiple aspects signifying not just the future Buddha, but similar concepts from other religious or spiritual traditions.

In the early 20th century, leading theosophists became convinced that an appearance of the “World Teacher” (Maitreya) was imminent. Jiddu Krishnamurti was thought to be destined as the “vehicle” of the soon-to-manifest Maitreya. However, the manifestation did not happen as predicted and did not fulfill theosophists’ expectations.

We can find mentions about Maitreya in the books and studies of Russian theosophists such as Nicholas Roerich, S.F. Oldenburg, E.P. Blavatsky.

When Will Maitreya Come?

As I already said, it is believed that the Buddha of the Future is in the Tushita Heaven now waiting for the moment when people will be ready for His coming. But there is also an opinion that Maitreya can already be there where He is needed most. At the same time, He can be in several different worlds at once.

Predictions about the coming of the Buddha of the Future can be found in the first Mahayana sutras, as well as in Maitreyavyakarana.

The sacred Buddhist texts describe the level of humanity’s development precedes the Maitreya’s coming. Here is what they say:

  • Life expectancy will be about 80 thousand years.
  • The world will be led by a Buddhist school, which will surpass Buddha Shakyamuni’s teaching in the number of successors.
  • At the “helm” of humanity will be a wise ruler-Buddhist.
  • The death from hunger, war, and disease will no longer exist on the planet.
  • Love and compassion will be the main life principles.

It is also said that just before His arrival, the oceans will become smaller so that the Coming Buddha can cross them. It will take Maitreya only a week to become enlightened in this life. Then He will begin teaching so that all the living beings of the planet will be able to understand the pure Dharma, which will create a new beautiful world.

The Image Of Maitreya

The Buddha of the Future can be depicted differently.

Usually, He is shown seated on a throne supported by eight snow lions. There is a stupa on His head which symbolizes respect for Shakyamuni Buddha. There is a parasol (one of the eight auspicious objects) above His head which symbolizes Maitreya’s powers of protection against evil influences.

Often His hands are depicted in a teaching mudra, holding the stems of lotuses, on which are the Dharma wheel and a vase.

His skin is shining with a golden hue, and His clothes are the ordinary apparel of a monk.

Often Maitreya is depicted in statues, some of which date back to 350 BC.

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Leshan Giant Buddha Statue

One of the most famous sculptures is located in Leshan, China. It is known as Leshan Giant Buddha. It is a UNESCO world heritage site. Carved into the rock, the statue is striking in size:

  • total height is 70 meters;
  • the head is 14 meters;
  • shoulders – 29 meters;
  • nose with – 5 meters;
  • finger – 8 meters;
  • toe – 1.5 meters.

Nicholas Roerich made a great contribution to the study of Maitreya. In the 20s of the last century, he was in the Central Asian expedition, where he studied the cultural heritage of Buddhism and embodied it in his paintings.

There is a series of paintings by Roerich, which is called “Maitreya”. The most famous of them is “Maitreya Winner”, now it is stored in the Moscow International center – Roerich Museum. The remaining seven paintings are presented in the Art Museum of Nizhny Novgorod.

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Maitreya Winner by Nicholas Roerich

The Bottom Line

Instead of waiting for Maitreya to come and set us free from the Samsara circle we need to realize that He is already here, He lives in each of us. And all we need to do is to remember about Him and awaken Him inside. We need to reveal His essence!

“Developing compassion helps us develop Buddha’s wisdom. This wisdom gradually thins the clouds of obscurations that temporarily obscure the mind until the mind becomes as pure as clear blue sky flooded with sunlight.”

– Lama Kyabje Zopa Rinpoche

By becoming more loving and compassionate we are inviting Maitreya into our lives.

Katya Ki is the Founder of SOLANCHA Magazine, a Metaphysical Expert, a Reiki Master, and Human Rights Attorney. She has been studying Eastern metaphysics, cosmology, and esotericism for almost 20 years now. And she's still discovering new knowledge, which is hidden in ancient teachings. During her pilgrimage to the monastery of Saint Catherine in Egypt, she discovered the SOLANCHA System. This is how the SOLANCHA journey started!

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Divine Union: Achieving the Ultimate Freedom From Enmeshed Reality

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If I had to choose one neurosis that we all hold as a collective, it would be the understanding of ourselves as separate from source. Throughout history and until the current moment humanity is known for enduring strife and challenges that have led to profound cognitive distortions. The idea that we are separate from the ever-unfolding creative energy that exists in all the universe has become an embodied reality.

How Did This Neurosis Unfold?

Whether it is due to an orchestrated amnesia or the seeds of ignorance, we have all been vulnerable to a false power that is the influence of the mind; the very thing that breeds separation, illusion, and fear.

Throughout history – religious, scientific, industrial, and social movements have all moved beyond the natural and organic. This has been coined as evolution, however, without the heart leading the way it has undoubtedly altered our ability to perceive ourselves as part of the whole.

What we understand instead is a system that keeps our minds in shackles and tension under the illusion of security and control. The neurosis that something is unquestionably wrong with us, society, our world as we know it plagues us in a way that we seldom recognize. The need to fix, improve, calculate, and just push towards a better something has kept us in perpetual unease. Our need to avoid discomfort and suffering has irrevocably separated us from the grace of divine order.

“The fear of experiencing that which we judge wrong keeps us from experiencing the love that truly does protect us from all things.”

We do not feel safe, held, or supported, and as the Samsara wheel churns, many fall further and further away from the tree of life. Instead of experiencing the self as part of a vast and organic whole, the tendency is to reside in a deep unconscious state where the appeal for a false sense of control has become prominent. The fear of experiencing that which we judge wrong keeps us from experiencing the love that truly does protect us from all things.

There is fixed enmeshment with this man-made reality that profoundly disconnects all from the truth and from the vibration that is unconditional love, which indeed emanates from in every sparkle of an eye, every speck of sand, every Tsunami and every other materialized construct within the infinite universes that exist.

What Happened to Faith?

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Faith is a word that has lost its true context – it is now loosely understood as believing in or trusting that an outside force may or may not meet one’s intended desire. This notion of faith is a diluted interpretation of the vitality in which the word truly resides.

Faith, as it has revealed itself to me, is the actual embodiment of union and it is not limited to the concepts of the mind nor is it something to be manipulated by demand. Faith speaks of an enlightened expression of the union with the source of all that is.

“There is truly an emancipation held for all by the mathematical perfection that are the universes. Suffering breeds from not feeling worthy of this and being attached to that which we believe is our identity and yet is not our true nature.”

The term, enlightenment in this prose refers to a conscious awareness of the small self as well as the Self that is attuned to the love that is the whole. The paradox itself is hard to grasp- it defies all things defined in the polarity in which we believe ourselves to exist, and it challenges the fixed status quo. However, this conundrum is the very place where we can find peace from the endless chatter that speaks of unrest in the mind, in the body, and most importantly in the self.

There is truly an emancipation held for all by the mathematical perfection that are the universes. Suffering breeds from not feeling worthy of this and being attached to that which we believe is our identity and yet is not our true nature. We were born beyond the endless constraints of logic and calculated manipulation and still we walk in those very shackles forgetting ourselves as boundless and infinite creative expression- this of course superseding even death.

We stopped trusting our intuitive nature and instead allowed our minds to become masters. Still, the field beyond right and wrong as our beloved lover and poet, Rumi would say; truly does exist.

Divine Union Is Not In the External

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Divine union is not a choice but an absolute truth that can only be experienced through the liberation of the small self. It is not about attracting the ideal quantum partner nor is it in the glory of a manifested desire. It means transcending the alleged separation and surrendering to the simplicity of being.

Freedom comes from allowing ourselves to embody our union with the divine as paint on a canvas would trust the strokes of its artist. There is a masterpiece that we are all part of and yet because of universal free will, we continue to lose sight of it.

Divine union is within every breath we take, we need only provide the space for it to bloom the way a flower unfolds in the Spring; petal by petal, not worried about the contours of its shape. She simply becomes its full radiance with focused intention allotted to her by her very existence, and the most subtle of expressions that derive from her simply being. Its vibrancy trusts; it does not fear decay, nor does it try to manipulate the direction or the speed at which it will flourish. Without knowing she embraces the pure fluid state that by default is all of existence; mankind included.

“Freedom comes from allowing ourselves to embody our union with the divine as paint on a canvas would trust the strokes of its artist.”

Re-union Is Definite

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The labyrinth that our egos journey through paves the way for remembrance. All paths lead home as the slogan goes. There is no bypassing the organic process from our forgetting to the collective unraveling of our true essence. The enigma brings forth a rise in consciousness where we can feel into that which lies beyond the veils of our manifested reality. With the shift of the ages, we now have additional support through the more expansive access to higher dimensional frequencies that supersede the matrix consciousness.

There is a light pouring in from the cosmos that is summoning us from our sleep state. It is bringing great awareness to the depths of the collective complex of perceived abandonment. The gates of heaven are now truly accessible to all – the journey there is within. In the stillness of the mind and emptiness of the small self, the subtle whispers of conscious awareness ripple through and beloved to ourselves we become.

“The gates of heaven are now truly accessible to all – the journey there is within.”

The Bottom Line

I like to remind my clients of how fortunate they are to have incarnated at this time. Although they may perceive me with questioning eyes at such a statement while they are still deeply enmeshed with their severance; there is something that stirs in them. It is then that the invitation to remembrance becomes alive.

If they choose to answer they are ignited to explore the alchemy that is life from a higher perspective; one that doesn’t undermine the organic process that is life but instead highlights the beauty in the complexity of its nature and the absolute safety of its colorful landscape.

The heart is the gateway – we need only seek in that direction and recall that it is not a pragmatic excursion. Remembrance transcends the confines of the logical mind and calls forth the frequency that has and will always permeate above all – love.

About Ishtar

Ishtar is a psychotherapist (LCSW) who earned her masters’ degree from New York University in 2006. She is also a KRI certified Kundalini Yoga instructor; licensed in 2013 at Goldenbridge, New York City. Prior to this training, in 2008 she experienced what she coins as divine remembrance and has spent the last 13 years in service to others as a wayshower in the ascension process. As a Christed pillar of light embodying the solar crystalline frequencies; she carries the codes of gnosis and sacred transformation. Ishtar is a Rose priestess of cosmic lineage and holds a multidimensional awareness that guides clients from all walks of life into divine union. Currently, she resides with her daughter Ixchel Inanna in the city New York and remains committed to activating divine remembrance through a myriad of sacred tools.  ​

About Luminous Magik

Luminous Magik practice focuses on traditional integrative psychotherapy infused with an array of healing modalities intuitively tailored to your specific needs. The sessions can include Kundalini yoga and Meditation, Energetic Alignments, Light Language, Shadow Work, Ancestral Clearing, Womb Activations & Cosmic Coding. For more information, visit Ishtar’s website luminousmagik.com.

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Dark Night of the Soul: The Signs and Counter Measures

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Picture this: You have the dream job that you always wanted. Your mortgage payments on your dream home are up to date. And, you just proposed to the partner of your dreams. It is such a time that you should feel content, if not excited for your accomplishments, right? But, why are you losing interest in pursuing more goals? Why the unexplained sadness, confusion, or a sudden loss of focus? Chances are you going through the Dark Night of the Soul.

What Is It?

The Dark Night of the Soul refers to a transitional stage when we undergo a ‘spiritual depression’ before getting an intense perception of life. It involves letting go of our past perceptions of our careers, relationships, and belief systems and replacing them with a life appreciation that leads to spiritual growth. This letting-go process can be painful, therefore, triggering sadness or feelings of getting lost. Hence, despite doing well in your career or social circles, a state of despair or suffering in humanity can leave you feeling sad when you should be happy.

The Origin

The term “Dark Night of the Soul” was first used in the poem of St. John of the Cross, depicting trials or purgation that the Roman Catholic followers go through before attaining a Divine union or illumination. In this poem, only one light lights the soul as it goes through the night. This light is what leads the soul towards Divine union.

The Symptoms of the Dark Night of the Soul

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Everyone on a spiritual journey undergoes the Dark Night of the Soul before achieving spiritual enlightenment. However, we all experience it differently. And, unless you know what is happening, this transitional period can be confusing and scary. Here are 5 key signs that you could be going through the Dark Night of the Soul:

#1: Bouts of Sadness

The Dark Night of the Soul is a crisis in faith that can trigger a spiritual depression characterized by sadness. Think of persons with immense Christian faith like Elijah, Jeremiah, and David. History documents show how these spiritual leaders struggled with anxiety, depression, and failure (Psalm 51, 1 Kings 19, Jeremiah 20). Likewise, Mother Teresa is said to have dark night experiences that lasted for close to 50 years. 

#2: Feeling Powerless or Hopeless About Your Current Situation

Anyone undergoing the dark night experiences becomes overly aware of their incompleteness and imperfection to God.  You feel an overwhelming confusion. It is a discomfort that comes with a lot of hopelessness.

For example, the death of a loved one may remind you of how fragile life is, triggering a sense of powerlessness and sadness. Yet, unlike depression that brings about suicidal thoughts, or resentment towards God, the pain in dark night experiences is for a purpose. Hence, the loss of pleasure towards things of God is only temporary.

#3: You Desire to Connect with People

Are you active on social media, or lead a public life where you enjoy impressing the masses? A dark night experience may evoke a desire to connect with your followers or audience. For, this spiritual transformation process causes you to question everything that you once thought was true. Hence, your mind tries to derive meaning in all your interactions with others, letting go of interest that is no longer serving your audience.

#4: Lack of Interest in Your Passion

Often, a spiritual crisis leaves us listless and with no motivation to do the things we once enjoyed. In turn, we isolate ourselves with our friends and loved ones, sinking deeper into depression.

#5: Longing for “Home”

If you feel frustrated and conflict to the extent of getting homesickness for an imaginary place you want to call home, it is a clear sign of a dark night experience. See, the spiritual trials make us long for normalcy that we associate with our loved ones of the home environment. It is a natural response to any life transition that comes with a feeling of loss and a need to adjust to the new norm.

Overcoming the Dark Night of the Soul

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If you are going through spiritual depression, here are some tips to make this experience bearable: –

  • Maintain a journal of your dark night experiences.  This approach helps you see what triggers the sadness, emptiness, and anxiety. More so, it will give you the insight necessary to assist another person going through a similar experience.
  • Understand how your subconscious mind works. Knowing your thought process helps you anticipate and avoid an emotional breakdown. Plus, it will give you a chance to identify any areas in your life that bring about cognitive dissonance.
  • Let go of your fears, feelings, and old beliefs. Instead, be open to the present moment.
  • Embrace the dark night experiences with a positive attitude. The experience is only temporary, and the result is a profound perception of self.
  • Enrich your soul. Here, taking part in yoga sessions, forest baths, reading motivational books, or listening to sleep meditation provides an outlet for the anguish you feel inside.
  • Practice living in the present. Remember, sadness, hopelessness, or anxiety comes about when we have regrets or conflicts about our past thoughts.
  • Stay active. A regular brisk walk can help wade off thoughts of depression and loss of interest in our passion. Likewise, if you know you enjoy camping or traveling, start by making a campfire in your backyard.
  • Find support. Spending time with friends and family can uplift your mood.

Conclusion

Meister Eckhart the great philosopher, once said, “We rarely find people who achieve great things without first going astray.” Indeed, this is the essence of the Dark Night of the Soul. It is a spiritual disconnection that leads us to a deeper understanding of our soul and who we are. Only, these dark night experiences may trigger an overwhelming sadness, insatiable cravings, or lack of interest in what you once enjoyed. Learn to identify the symptoms of dark night experiences to embrace them positively. More so, differentiate them from symptoms of clinical depression or chemical imbalances so that you may seek appropriate help.

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10 Types of Spiritual Bypassing That Slow Down Your Growth

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How do you react to misfortunes or sad phases in your life? Do you deal with the pain or remain with unresolved wounds for fear of becoming vulnerable? Well, chances are, you are spiritually bypassing.

The Origin

Spiritual bypassing is an old term coined by John Welwood, a Buddhist teacher, author, and psychotherapist, in 1984. It refers to the tendency for persons to avoid, sidestep, or escape uncomfortable issues facing them. Welwood noted that persons resorted to this behavior to rise above their shaky emotional or personal foundation, hence, obtaining enlightenment.

What of Today?

Spiritual bypassing is quite common in the 21st century. Here, we see people covering up their low self-esteem, loneliness, or anger with spiritual practice. The only difference is it is a short-term cover-up. Spiritual bypassing facilitates a buildup of negative emotions into full-blown unrest and uncertainty.

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Is Spiritual Bypassing Negative?

Often, we associate spirituality with positive aspects of our lives. You know, feelings of inner peace, contentment, or fulfillment. But, spiritual bypassing confirms that there are dark and painful areas in spirituality.  Yes, it creates a false feeling of security and satisfaction, blocking any efforts for emotional healing.

Types of Spiritual Bypassing

Do you often resort to spirituality to bypass the unpleasant phases of your life? Here are the ten possible ways: –

#1: Optimistic Bypass

An optimistic bypass will insist on seeing life as a glass half full. This person is always focusing on the sunny side of life, ignoring the other half that is not so pleasant. In turn, these persons never engage their anger, inner conflict, or aggression. For, they fail to see that life isn’t always a happy fairytale.

#2: Aggrandizement Bypass

Do you know of a spiritual leader or seeker who seems overly enlightened and superior? Chances are these individuals struggle with personal insecurities and deficiencies. For, aggrandizement bypass is a self-delusion that convinces the self-proclaimed spiritual gurus that they have achieved a level of enlightenment or higher being.

#3: Victim Bypass

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Are you a victim of your gifts? If these gifts hinder you from living a healthy or happy life, you could be a victim bypass. For example, a victim bypass may identify as an empath and use their gift of compassion to others to the extent of neglecting their happiness. Likewise, a victim bypass may disguise as an indigo child, a gifted healer, or a Starseed.

#4: Psychonaut Bypass

A psychonaut bypass exploits psychedelic drugs to escape their painful reality. In turn, they get into a psycho-spiritual crisis that hinders them from pursuing personal development.

#5: Horoscope Bypass

Do you love astrology, or are you dependent on it? Well, if you struggle with fear or self-doubt to the point of living an indecisive life, you could be relying on others to predict the outcome of your life. For this, a horoscope bypass trusts the predictions of a psychic or an astrologer. It becomes destructive when this trust supersedes their inner feelings to make significant decisions in their lives. In turn, their obsession with astrology makes them incapable of coping with traumas.

#6: Saint Bypass

When growing up, kids learn that spiritual leaders are saintly, kind, and compassionate. Only, these leaders have weaknesses and dark sides like any ordinary human being. However, a saint bypass holds on to this holier-than-thou notion from their childhood, even when they are now adults. In turn, a saint bypass will sacrifice themselves to appear sweet, approachable, heavenly persons.

#7: Spirit Guide Bypass

A spirit guide, whether an angelic or godly being, serves to protect humanity, right? Well, this belief is quite soothing to the mind but constricts the soul. That is, we forgo the need to be resilient, courageous, or take charge of our safety. We become like children under the protection of the parent. Living this way deprives us of the ability to grow our spiritual character. Instead, we should look to the spirit guide to learn more about our spirituality, not babysit us.

#8: Guru Bypass

A guru bypass is overly attached to a spiritual teacher or guru, to the extent of worshipping them. They accept all the teachings from their spiritual guru as absolute truths. Eventually, the guru bypass never grows spiritually. Further, they fall prey to manipulation or any ill-intentions of their spiritual leaders.

#9: Finger-Pointing Bypass

When on a spiritual journey, we develop clarity of mind. Here, we intuitively determine when someone is lying, honest, or trying to manipulate us. More so, we can tell reality from delusions and make rational decisions. A finger-pointing bypass uses this ability to declare them as self-righteous. In turn, they are quick to finger-point anyone who has a contrary opinion or acts differently from them. In essence, a finger-pointing bypass is procrastinating. They find fault in others instead of working to correct and improve themselves.

#10: Prayer Bypass

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Finally, a prayer bypass ignores their responsibility. Instead, this person entrusts a higher being to deal with their problems. For example, this person will pray about a sickness they have without taking any steps to seek medical attention.

What Next?

Does any of the above types of spiritual bypassing resonate with you? Here are some tips you can use to stop this negative tendency: –

#1: Be Open Minded

Know that all spiritual seekers are human beings, hence, bound to make mistakes at some point. Then, be willing to learn and receive correction from others.

#2: Deal with Any Cognitive Dissonance

Cognitive dissonance arises when our beliefs are challenged or misaligned with reality. You will experience cognitive dissonance as your change your attitudes and beliefs from spiritual bypassing. That is, you may feel guilty, anxious, or ashamed for letting go of your thoughts that do not align with what you now know to be true.

When this happens, you should examine your life for areas that do not add up. For example, you should question a narcissistic leader who preaches compassion but uses physical abuse against you.

#3: Seek Honest Feedback from Others

Discuss spiritual bypassing with your friends and loved ones. Let them tell you what they see in you that suggests that you could be a spiritual bypass. View the feedback as positive criticism, and use it to grow spiritually.

The Bottom Line

Spiritual bypassing is not easy to detect. It disguises itself as a caring, compassionate person. Take time to evaluate yourself. Acknowledge the tendency and start your healing process.

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Astrology3 days ago

Feng Shui Astrology For March 2021: The Month of the Metal Rabbit

Feng Shui astrology is based on the Chinese calendar. The dates of the beginning and the end of the months are...

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The Most Accurate Horoscope for March 2021

In this article, I will share with you the most accurate horoscope for March 2021 based on the Feng Shui flying stars chart. This horoscope includes...

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Divine Union: Achieving the Ultimate Freedom From Enmeshed Reality

If I had to choose one neurosis that we all hold as a collective, it would be the understanding of...

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Abundance Haircuts In March 2021: Good And Bad Days To Cut Your Hair

Abundance Haircuts is a little-known sutra that reveals the negative consequences of cutting your hair on the bad days and the incredible benefits of cutting it...

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The Full Snow Moon 2021 Is Coming: Here’s How It Will Affect You

The Full Snow Moon rises on Saturday, February 27, 2021. The upcoming full moon is the second full moon in 2021. It’s...

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Soul Friend Quotes: 20 Deep Sayings About Spiritual Bonds

Do you feel inexplicably led or connected to some souls in your life? Do you believe that soulmates are not...

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Existential Depression: 10 Symptoms You May Have It + Self-Help Tips

Are you or your loved one talented or gifted in a special way? If so, do you often find yourself...

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Dark Night of the Soul Quotes: 35 Sayings To Support Your Inner Journey

The Dark Night of the soul is a complicated experience that makes you feel like you are alone in a...

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